An angry Adam Putnam lashed out at lawmakers Wednesday for planning to raid a state account funded by fees from concealed weapon licenses.
As Commissioner of the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Putnam is in charge of issuing such permits.
A proposal (SB 7026) in the wake of the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School would take 10 percent of the Division of Licensing Trust Fund to reimburse “trauma centers for documented medical costs of treating victims of mass shootings.”
“I oppose taxing law-abiding concealed weapon licensees for atrocities carried out by criminals,” Putnam said in a statement. “If anyone should be taxed for those heinous acts, it should be criminals.
“The monster who murdered 17 people in Parkland wasn’t even eligible to have a concealed weapon license,” added Putnam, also a Republican candidate for governor.